NEWS: The Goa Express announce self-titled debut album and share ‘Talking About Stuff’ single

NEWS: The Goa Express announce self-titled  debut album and share ‘Talking About Stuff’ single

Steadily rising indie quintet, The Goa Express, announced their hotly anticipated self-titled debut album, which will arrive in October via Communion, following a summer of festival appearances and headline shows across Europe.

Their debut album will feature new single ‘Talking About Stuff.’ A melodic and sunny counterpart to the spikey punk of recent offering, ‘Good Luck Charm’, ‘Talking About Stuff’ packs a similar bleary-eyed balladry to early live favourites like ‘Second Time’.

Both tasters from the debut album have seen playlisting from BBC 6 Music and The Goa Express will punctuate the release of ‘Talking about Stuff’ with headline performances at YES in Manchester and London’s The Lower Third on 26th and 31st May respectively. 

Talking About Stuff’ arrives alongside a visualiser shot at The Goa Express’ recent homecoming show at The Golden Lion in Todmorden.

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The Goa Express, led by Clarke alongside his brother Joe and best friends Joey, Naham and Sam, met as young teenagers in Burnley. Growing up in the rural shadow of England’s industrial north, music was a means of escape and nourished their friendship. Their shared experiences including late gigs at The Golden Lion in Todmorden and camping underneath the cliffs at Hebden Bridge shaped their collective attitudes and behaviours and, ultimately, the sound and spirit of their band.

Post-lockdown, the five-piece hit the ground running, playing over a hundred UK/EU gigs in 2022, including stops at Glastonbury, Latitude and The Great Escape.

It was in the immediate wake of their Glastonbury debut that recent single ‘Portrait’ was put together in the Welsh village of Raglan, with the boys returning to the studio six months later to record ‘Talking About Stuff’ and ‘Good Luck Charm’ early in 2023. Both new tracks have seen Ocean Colour Scene’s Damon Minchella pairing with Tom Manning on production duties.

There is a sense of melody and a looseness in the music that brings to mind Supergrass or The La’s (for the online generation) but it is all delivered with a forward-facing urgency that places the band firmly in the year 2023. Any new young guitar band – especially from the North of England– is naturally cast into a sea of references and comparisons before barely getting a chord out. But in truth, The Goa Express are confidently breaking free of these and taking their own strides towards adding a fresh chapter to the story of modern British guitar pop.

Punctuating their status as burgeoning hometown heroes, The Goa Express can be seen performing to thousands at Burnley’s Turf Moor stadium in Bank of Dave, Netflix UK’s most watched film upon release week.

Catch The Goa Express live at the dates below:Tickets available here from 10am Friday 26th May

Pre-order The Goa Express album here: THE GOA EXPRESS (

Live Dates


20th    Get Together Festival, Sheffield, UK

26th     YES Basement, Manchester, UK

27th      Neighbourhood Weekender Festival, Manchester, UK

28th      In It Together Festival, Port Talbot, UK

29th    Primavera Sound Festival (a la Ciutat), Barcelona, ES

31st   The Lower Third, London, UK


28th-30th  Watt En Schlick Festival, Varel, DE


9th     Confessional Music and Arts Festival, Blackburn, UK


3rd       Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavík, IS

9th        Rough Trade, Nottingham, UK

10th      Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, UK

11th  Workmans Club, Dublin, IRE

13th    Broadcast, Glasgow, UK

14th  Yellow Arch, Sheffield, UK

15th  Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK

17th  New Century, Manchester, UK

18th  District, Liverpool, UK

19th  Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, UK

21st  Exchange, Bristol, UK

22nd  Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, UK

23rd Scala, London, UK

24th  Komedia Studio, Brighton, UK

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